Date: 19th August 2009 at 5:23pm
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Martin O’Neill has insisted that we will be ‘striving very hard’ to reach the group stages of the Europa League, but points out Rapid Vienna are no slouches.

Describing Vienna as an ‘extremely difficult’ test, O’Neill told the official site how important the game was to him, the club and no doubt the fans who want us to take this years competition seriously.

‘The game against Vienna is very, very important for us. I would love to play in the group stages – that would be important again for the development of the younger players in the squad – and the senior ones too.

‘We will be striving very hard indeed to get through.’

Speaking about Vienna as a test, O’Neill reminds us that:

‘Vienna beat Liverpool in pre-season – it will be an extremely difficult tie.

‘We’ve had them watched every single time since we’ve known the draw.

‘They’re a really fine footballing side, excellent with the ball and with enough ability to cause us lots of problems going forward.

‘Honestly, it will be tough for us, no doubt at all about it.’

The biggest question for most of us will be the team selection. Were the players that ‘tired’ after the opener against Wigan, who will start, who will be rested – will we have a worthwhile bench?

Well Monny gives us a hint:

‘I will change the side a little bit but we will still be going very strongly with the players that we have available.’

So there we have it.

No, I really have no idea either.

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